Last reviewed 1 December 2020

The framework for how adult social care employers should assess and reduce risk to their workforce during the Covid-19 pandemic has been updated by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The guidance includes new clinical advice and updates to risk factors, which can change as further evidence emerges.

The latest evidence on ethnicity and sex risk factors are included but do not account for the effect of occupation, comorbidities or obesity that may be associated with risk of acquiring or dying from Covid-19.

The evidence provided should make employers more aware of risks in some groups but also understand that factors other than age, sex or ethnicity may also be important in terms of outcomes of infection.

The guidance also covers having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk; measures that could be put in place across the workforce and for individuals; and useful guidance and resources.

It is intended to be used alongside Public Health England (PHE) guidance on infection prevention and control (IPC) and the DHSC's guidance on health and wellbeing of the adult social care workforce: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-health-and-wellbeing-of-the-adult-social-care-workforce.

The updated Coronavirus (COVID-19): Reducing Risk in Adult Social Care is at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-reducing-risk-in-adult-social-care?wp-linkindex=9=Coronavirus_Social_Care_Update_201120=dhsc-mail.co.uk=email=Department_of_Health_and_Social_Care.